Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Evita


Chris bought me this a few years ago for Xmas, at my request, but I've never watched it until now, in fact it was still in it's cellophane wrapping!

I was only very vaguely aware of the storyline, Argentinian politics not being a specialised subject of mine, but I did quite enjoy this. I was familiar with one or two of the songs, and I have to say I think Madonna was great in this. I think she got criticised and praised in fairly equal measure for her performance, but I thought she did well, and I was impressed to read that she took extra singing lessons and really threw herself into the role.

Antonio Banderas as Che was really good - I liked the way he popped up as a different character throughout the story (or the same character in lots of different jobs!), but I was never totally convinced that it was him singing, probably because I haven't heard him sing anywhere else (whereas Madonna's voice is unmistakeably hers). I was surprised to see Jimmy Nail had quite a significant part too, and his voice was also recognisable.

Evita is more of an operatic musical (or rock opera) meaning that the dialogue between the songs, which would normally be spoken, is also sung - there are no spoken lines at all. I'm not usually too keen on that, I prefer musicals that have 'talky bits' then a song, then more 'talky bits', if you see what I mean (like Chicago, for example)! But as I said, I did really enjoy this, though I don't think it's a film I'd want to watch again now that I've seen it.

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